WWE SmackDown dipped below two million viewers on August 26, but the demographic rating increased.
According to Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, 1.990 million viewers tuned in on Friday night. This number is down from last week, when 2.084 million viewers watched the show on Friday.
In the 18 to 49 demographic, SmackDown scored a 0.48 rating, which is slightly up from last week (0.47 rating). Thurston noted that SmackDown ranked #1 in the demographic on Friday night.
This week‘s episode featured a main-event clash between Drew McIntyre and Sami Zayn. Plus, Ricochet battled Drew McIntyre, and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament continued. Elsewhere on the show, The New Day returned and brawled with the Viking Raiders.
As for AEW Rampage, the show drew 431,000 viewers, which is down from last week when 461,000 viewers tuned in.
In the 18 to 40 demographic, Rampage scored a 0.11 rating, which also marks a drop from last week (0.12 rating). Thurston also noted that Rampage ranked #22 in the demographic among cable originals on Friday night. He also stated that Friday’s episode tied with May 6 and July 29 as the lowest rating in the 18 to 49 demographic in Rampage history.
This week‘s episode featured an ROH World Championship Match where Claudio Castagnoli defended the title against Dustin Rhodes. Plus, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament continued with a battle between the House of Black and the Dark Order. Elsewhere on the show, Ryan Nemeth challenged Wardlow for the TNT Championship.